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    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The status of the NBA’s schedule for the 2021-22 season is still very much up in the air. The league has proposed a 72-game season starting on Dec. 22 and claimed they could lose as much as $1 billion by pushing things back to Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is reportedly the players’ preferred start date. There have already been rumblings that some star players, like LeBron James, may sit out and rest until mid-January, even if the league gets its way with a late December start. Onyeka Okongwu is one of the best prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft. What lottery teams could use him to bolster their frontcourts? Is Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. molded in a...
    One of the best players of all-time, Lakers star LeBron James, is a tough man to defend. With over 34000 career points, he has proven to be unstoppable when he gets going. So when former NBA champion Paul Pierce was listing out the scariest players to guard in the league currently, LeBron was unsurprisingly the first name. Pierce said, “On any given night, he can posterize you at the age of 35. Still winning championships. You don’t want to end up on the waiting spots for LeBron’s posters. That’s a scary thought right there.” While Pierce says that the list is in no particular order, he has had many personal encounters against LeBron to not mention him first. They have played 69 games (regular season + playoffs) against each other, with LeBron coming out on top 35 times. During these games, LeBron has scored over 2000 points, while averaging...
    When Kobe Bryant arrived in the NBA, the league thrived on athleticism. But as he entered the twilight of his career, the emphasis had changed to perimeter shooting. While he remained an average outside shooter, he was still one of the best scorers the league had ever seen. Facing a similar dilemma was 2011 MVP Derrick Rose. The former #1 overall pick entered the league as one of the most athletic and explosive guards, but soon his skillset became outdated. So, keeping up with the league, he also had to find a way to improve his shooting. ALSO READ – “No-Nonsense Killer”: Former NBA Champion Narrates How Tough It Was To Guard Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose drew inspiration from Kobe Bryant Recently, former NBA champion B. J. Armstrong had a conversation with Rose, where he asked him how he dealt with the ride of shooters like Stephen Curry and Kyrie...
    Once again Riot has turned the opening ceremonies of the League of Legends World Championship final into a technological showcase. This year at Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, the ceremony was split into a few different parts: it opened with virtual K-pop group K/DA performed via augmented reality, which was followed by a melody of anthems from past Worlds events. At the end, as the players were introduced, a virtual, towering version of League character Galio — known as the stone colossus — appeared on stage. While the event wasn’t as visually impressive as last year’s holographic showcase, it was still an impressive feat considering the restraints created by the ongoing pandemic. The main cast of performers were virtual, but they were accompanied by a few dozen real-world dancers and musicians, including Chinese pop star Lexie Liu. (There was also a very cyberpunk-looking AR Ducati motorcycle that helped kick things...
    Sean Connery left us bereaved today at the age of 90. For every 007 fans, it’s a dark day. There are many who couldn’t accept anyone else in that role after he quit being His Majesty’s secret agent many years back. Can you blame them? As they say, you can never forget your first and that includes James Bond too. His presence as the suave sleuth in the Hollywood skies was so bright that he was famous the world over. But he has also done a lot of other movies which equal appreciation and love. Although critics and masses are divided about The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, we still love it because it was Connery’s last live-action before he retired. Yet another reason was it was perhaps one of those rare movies of the time which had a famous Indian actor in the lead cast. In this case, it was Naseeruddin...
    New York Yankees News/Rumors: How important are the New York Yankees to Major League Baseball? By: William Parlee October 31, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe question was, how important are the New York Yankees to Major League Baseball. Let’s start off with the answer, very important. The New York Yankees are the only Global sports giant that is known and followed worldwide. Interest falls off significantly when you mention any other baseball team. The Yankee franchise generates a huge amount of money for New York and its family, the Steinbrenners. But it goes far beyond that. Everywhere the Yankees travel to, the dollars follow. When the New York Yankees play at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida, the crowd’s size under the dome nearly doubles. The Tampa Bay Rays have an average home crowd of 14K; when the New York Yankees come to town, that increases to...
    HARRY TOFFOLO is set to start his 100th consecutive EFL match and is dedicating it to the woman he loves. The Huddersfield left-back’s better half Annie has raised their two children – Luca, 4, and Enzo, 2 – and is currently 28 weeks pregnant expecting their daughter during what has been a staggering run of games. 2Huddersfield Town star Harry Toffolo is set to play his 100th consecutive matchCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Toffolo and Annie - with Luca, 4, and Enzo, 2, are expecting a daughter What makes Toffolo’s achievement special is that those games have come across all three EFL divisions.The run started when he made his debut for previous club Lincoln at Northampton in August 2018. He started all 46 matches as the Imps won League Two before another 26 games in League One until his January move to Huddersfield, where he has played all 27...
    Todd Gurley’s fantasy value is at its apex in 2020, so you need to consider trading him.In eight games for the Atlanta Falcons, running back Todd Gurley has rushed for 531 yards on 140 carries for eight touchdowns. He has also had 13 catches for 77 yards out of the Atlanta backfield. While he has been one of the better running backs in fantasy football this season, now is the time to sell high on the former Georgia standout in your fantasy league to see if you can get great value. The Fantasy Footballers used Thursday Night Football‘s win over the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers as data that it might be time do deal Gurley to someone else in your league. If you weren’t watching the game on Thursday night, you probably thought Gurley had a decent showing in fantasy with 18 carries for 46 yards and a his...
    The NBA has reportedly informed clubs that they are permitted to open practice facilities for group workouts or scrimmages with up to 10 players at a time as the league eyes a late-December start to the 2020-21 season. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Friday that the league will permit practices for players, some of whom have not had any game action since the league began its coronavirus hiatus in March. An NBA spokesperson did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for confirmation. ESPN' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that players must pass a COVID-19 screening each day before receiving access to the facility. LeBron James and Assistant Coach Phil Handy of the Los Angeles Lakers practice on October 8 NBA commissioner Adam Silver is pushing for a late-December start to the 2020-2021 season Wojnarowski previously reported that the NBA is eyeing a December 22 start to the upcoming...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Juventus says Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from the coronavirus after 19 days and three missed matches for the team. A club statement says a swab test provided a negative result and Ronaldo “is no longer subjected to home isolation.” Ronaldo first tested positive during the international break while with Portugal. He missed Juventus’ draws with Crotone and Hellas Verona in Serie A as well as a loss to Barcelona in the Champions League. He could return on Sunday for Juve’s game at Spezia or on Wednesday at Ferencvaros in the Champions League in Budapest. ___ The Swiss soccer league has postponed two more games this weekend because of coronavirus cases at two more clubs. The league says eight players or staff members at Servette have tested positive for COVID-19 and the...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Volunteers with the Urban League of Broward spent several hours Friday morning going door to door, talking to registered voters, or leaving information about voting, in an effort to get people to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. They focused on homes and apartments in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods where mostly Black families live. There are roughly 1.2 million registered voters in Broward and more than 700-thousand have already voted early in person or vote-by-mail ballots. But there’s a continued push in South Florida to increase Black voter turnout. The volunteers say they are non-partisan. Their push is to inform voters and make sure they cast ballots. “We are going to knock on doors. It’s a contactless effort. We want to make sure that everyone receives information and that they’re informed and ready to vote,” said volunteer Alica Brown. Former Vice President Joe Biden urged supporters...
    And there you go with another story about actors of colour being targeted in Hollywood. Back in July, Justice League’s Ray Fisher aka Cyborg had in a recent Forbes interview revealed how he was told that director Josh Whedon, who had taken over the Justice League movie from Zack Snyder, had asked for the actor’ skin colour to be corrected.  , “What set my soul on fire and forced me to speak out about Joss Whedon this summer was my becoming informed that Joss had ordered that the complexion of an actor of colour be changed in post-production because he didn’t like the colour of their skin tone. Man, with everything 2020’s been, that was the tipping point for me.” Jason Momoa Backs Justice League Co-star Ray Fisher, Demands Fair Investigation Into Toxic Work Culture During Reshoots (See Pic). However, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, filmmaker Joss Whedon has...
    New York Yankees News/Rumors: Is the “Martian” Jasson Dominguez too young to make his Major League debut? By: William Parlee October 30, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees coming off another disappointing season, are spending the offseason looking for ways to improve the team. They have to deal with a multitude of players that have become free agents and some with options. They also have some significant decisions to make with players that didn’t perform as well as the Yankees would have liked. For Yankee fans, they want the team to get good enough to win another World Championship. With all of that in mind, many fans wonder if the amazing player they have heard about, Jasson Dominguez, will be ready to join the team this season. Sadly, for the time being, the answer is no. There is no question that the young man...
    JOSE MOURINHO admits Gareth Bale is no longer the player he once was. But the Tottenham boss has promised the struggling Wales superstar, 31, will get better. 2Mourinho admits Bale is no longer the star he once wasCredit: AP:Associated Press Bale is set to return to the bench for the North Londoners’ Premier League clash at home to Brighton tomorrow after failing to impress in Thursday’s shock 1-0 Europa League loss at Royal Antwerp. The formerly lightning quick winger has not completed 90 minutes since rejoining Spurs on a season loan from Real Madrid last month. Bale is continuing to build up his fitness following 18 months in the cold at the Bernabeu. He looks a shadow of the player who moved to Spain for a then world-record fee of £86million in September 2013. But Mourinho said: “I repeat the same - seven years is a long, long, long gap....
    MANCHESTER UNITED face Arsenal on Sunday to reignite their old rivalry in the hunt for a top-four finish. The two sides are both building young teams that they hope will one day challenge for the Premier League title. 7 And this weekend's meeting, kicking off at 4.30pm, will provide a useful progress report for both clubs' ambitions. Here, SunSport has formulated a combined Manchester United and Arsenal XI to determine who has the edge in the clash. GK: David De Gea The first, and arguably most difficult pick, of this combined XI sees De Gea edge Bernd Leno in between the posts. Although United's defence has been far from perfect this season, the Spaniard's longevity at this level remains impressive. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka Another tricky decision, the England defender comes in ahead of Hector Bellerin at right-back. Wan-Bissaka impressed...
    Jason Watts will be looking to make history on NBA Draft night, as the first player selected from a Canadian college since 1994. To say Jason Watts’ basketball journey is unconventional would be an understatement. He spent the last three years starring at tiny Lambton college in Ontario, Canada. In his final season, he averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, shooting 54.6 percent from the field, 46.4 percent on 3-pointers and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. You won’t find his name on many draft boards but the 6-foot-6 wing is hoping to become the first player drafted from a Canadian university since 1994. Watts recently spoke with The Step Back by phone about preparing for the NBA Draft in the middle of a pandemic and what he thinks he can bring to an NBA team. I went to this camp, it’s called Eurobasket, in June....
    Earlier this afternoon, Hawks Talon Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League team of the Atlanta Hawks, received the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NBA 2K League Draft as a result of the fourth NBA 2K League Draft Lottery. Entering the day, Hawks Talon held the 11th-best odds, a two-percent chance, of receiving the first overall pick. “We are excited to grow our roster after receiving the 11th overall pick as a result from today’s Draft Lottery,” said Hawks Talon GC Head Coach and General Manager Wesley Acuff. “With BP, LEE, KEL and our three selections in the upcoming draft, we look forward to creating a roster and developing a championship culture in Atlanta.” New this year, the NBA 2K League used a computerized random number generator for the lottery. Because there were 1,001 possible combinations when four numbers are drawn out...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Geno Auriemma and UConn are back home in the Big East sitting in a familiar spot — atop the preseason poll. The Huskies, who returned to the conference after seven years in the American, were the unanimous choice to win the league the Big East announced Thursday. The Huskies have won 19 regular-season titles and 18 conference tournament crowns to go along with their 11 national championships. “It’s been something that obviously everyone at our school and everyone in the state of Connecticut has been excited about, being back in the league,” Auriemma said. Coming back to the Big East will make it easier for UConn’s travel with many of the schools within driving distance. “We haven’t had many close games as far as distance was concerned and having the ability to get on a bus and go to Providence, St. John’s or Seton Hall...
    CAIRO (AP) — The African Champions League final was postponed on Thursday for the second time, with the second semifinal match also being pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic. The title match in Alexandria was originally scheduled for Nov. 6. “At the request of Egyptian authorities, the final is now postponed,” the Confederation of African Football said. “Official discussions are under way to find a new and suitable date.” Egyptian club Al-Ahly has advanced to the final and awaits either Zamalek or Raja Casablanca, who had been due to play on Sunday. At least eight players at Raja tested positive for COVID-19 since losing the first leg 1-0 in Morocco on Oct. 18. The 2019-20 competition was scheduled to be completed in Douala, Cameroon, on May 29. Cameroon withdrew from hosting the final as the pandemic spread. The African champion will advance to the 2020 Club World Cup in Qatar,...
    Families say incidents show pattern of unfair punishment for girls of color Europes COVID-19 outbreak is worsening from disaster to catastrophe, as the US scrambles to contain its third wave How the WNBA bubble taught LaChina Robinson to be versatile in her craft At the start of the summer of 2020, it was unclear how and even if the WNBA could have a season during the pandemic. Then once the league set up its bubble in Bradenton, Fla., the question became how to broadcast its games with only one national reporter on site. The league adapted, as it always does, and the 2020 season instead became a year of growth for the WNBA as it found new pathways to deliver its content to its fans, aided in large part by the creativity of its broadcast partners. LaChina Robinson was one of those broadcasters, and she had to wear...
    NBA 2K21 on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series will introduce The W, the first-ever single-player career mode to feature a women’s professional league. The next-gen version of 2K Sports’ flagship will also allow players to direct a WNBA team, or the entire league, in a franchise mode called MyWNBA. “Being able to recognize yourself both on and off the court is incredibly important to us,” Felicia Steenhouse, a senior producer with Visual Concepts, said in a statement on Thursday. “The W helps us elevate women’s basketball, and highlights the star power of the WNBA.” In The W, players may create their own WNBA player and place her on any of the WNBA’s 12 franchises, playing among all of the league’s current athletes. MyWNBA is a dedicated mode akin to NBA 2K’s MyGM mode but for WNBA teams, with features specific to that league and its players’ and franchises’ growth....
    With the NBA hoping to start its 2020-21 campaign in December, could it end up making some serious, changes similar to Major League Baseball?  The 2020 NBA campaign recently came to a close, but fans are already counting down the days for the new season to arrive. With it looking like late December will be when the best players in the world return to the hardwood, the league is back at the drawing board trying to come up with the best plan possible to complete the season in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, it’s looking like commissioner Adam Silver could be ready to borrow something from Rob Manfred’s playbook. Reports are that the NBA is considering playing some MLB-style multi-game series to cut down on the amount of travel for each squad. Sources: The NBA held a call this afternoon with team GMs & presidents...
    The New York Giants have found a staple on their defense for years to come By: Carson Depp October 29, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn a season unlike any other, the New York Giants have again been able to show consistency from seasons prior. After losing on a last-second field goal to their division rival Cowboys, New York has found themselves at 0-5 for the second time in four seasons. The team held the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Fast forward to the present day, the Giants have secured their first win of the season and lost a heart-breaking game to the Eagles. Before the season began there were multiple teams predicted to be tanking for the top pick—all in an effort to secure the fantastic quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence. Amazingly enough, not many predicted the Giants to be in the race...
    Bobby Ball has died aged 76 after testing positive for Covid-19 2 Healthcare Dividend Stocks to Buy No Matter Who Wins the Election Marcus Rashford scored a sublime Champions League hat-trick to cap a brilliant week on and off the field as he fights to feed impoverished school children © Getty/Matthew Peters Marcus Rashford. Getty/Matthew Peters Manchester United's Marcus Rashford scored a sublime Champions League hat-trick on Wednesday to cap what has already been a memorable week off the field.  The 22-year-old's petition to overturn the UK government's decision not to provide impoverished children with free meals throughout the school holidays reached one million signatures earlier in the day. "3 goals, 16 minutes, 1030000 signatures," Rashford tweeted. "Can't stop smiling." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Manchester United's Marcus Rashford capped what has already been a brilliant week off the field by scoring a sublime Champions League...
    (CNN)To his frustration, they talked about Patrick Mahomes' arm rather than his decision making as if brawn somehow mattered more than brain.Despite monetary success and awards, Black quarterbacks, past and present, say they still face an uphill battle against prejudice, especially when entering the league. For quarterbacks who threw for more than 3,000 yards in 2019, three of the top four -- as ranked by passer rating -- were Black: Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson. That leaves out their individual rushing efforts too, of which Jackson's was substantial, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards as well as throw for over 3,000 yards.That success has run over into 2020. Wilson's current passer rating is 119.5 which, if the season ended today, would be the third-best season passer rating ever.Russell Wilson is having the best season of any quarterback this year, holding a passer...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Temporary H1-B visas are awarded to highly skilled foreign workers—most of them from India—after employers request to bring them to the United States. But in 2017, Trump made sweeping changes to the program, denying visas at a record rate. Some of the H1-B visa holders being denied, like 38-year-old Vishakh, have had visas for years and have degrees from US universities. Vishakh, 38 From: India Lives in: New York City Vishakh as told to Fernanda Echavarri I actually first came to the United States when I was a child. My mom was studying here, so I accompanied her when I was 8 or 9, and it left a huge impression on me because I was a curious person. The Indian educational system was pretty stifling. Here, you were allowed to have your own ideas...
    A Long Island wedding and birthday party infected 56 with covid-19: ‘Blatant disregard for the well-being of others’ The most historic fast food joints in America Which Premier League in Europe has the toughest road? We heard it from Jose Mourinho during Spurs’ insane September of Premier League, League Cup, and Europa League qualifying round matches. © Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images We’re hearing it now from Jurgen Klopp — two years running, really –as the Champions League group stage is weekly, not bi-weekly, due to the pandemic-congested fixture list. [ 3 THINGS: Man United – Leipzig ] Too many games ask too much of players. It’s a valid complaint, but one any number of clubs would be happy to navigate. [ 3 THINGS: Krasnodar – Chelsea ] Injuries aside, it’s ironic in that deep clubs like Liverpool (and Tottenham) are better suited than most in Europe to deal with...
    ‘Why did he shoot us?’ Officials release video of fatal shooting by Waukegan officer Costco drops Chaokoh coconut milk over allegations of forced monkey labor, PETA says Solskjaer just ‘using the squad’ in Manchester United blowout of Leipzig Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments after Manchester United’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig, a second-successive decisive Champions League defeat of a top five league leader, will be sure to spark some questions amongst fans. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba were among the players who came into the squad and absolutely bossed one of last season’s UCL semifinalists. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ [ MORE: Three things learned from Man Utd – RBL ] Julian Nagelsmann is perhaps the most promising young coach in the world. His team had no...
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across North America, the American Hockey League announced Wednesday that it has once again pushed back the start date for the upcoming season. The NHL’s top developmental league normally starts around the same time as its parent league — early October — but has now changed the date twice for the new season. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently announced the postponement of the league’s upcoming  Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, but he also stressed that the NHL is still planning on dropping the puck on Jan. 1, 2021. NHL POSTPONEMENTS: Winter Classic | All-Star Game Here’s everything we know about the AHL’s return and what to expect for what now can be coined the 2021 season. When will the AHL return in 2021? Regular season start date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 AHL president and CEO Scott Howson announced on July 31 that the league’s Board of...
    Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Halloween Costume Honors Essential Workers 15 Dividend-Paying Stocks to Sell or Avoid Barcelona-Juventus was supposed to be Messi vs. Ronaldo. Instead it reminded us the iconic rivalry is in its last gasps Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad When the group stage was drawn for the UEFA Champions League, the games that immediately seized the imagination were the Group G home-and-away matchups between Barcelona and Juventus. Lionel Messi! Cristiano Ronaldo! Reunited! It would be like the good old days, when they would meet with Barca and Real Madrid and their rivalry was in its full pomp. They overlapped for nine seasons there, from 2009-10 through 2017-18, when their personal competition and enmity was regular and stretched the boundaries of possibility. They burnished their reputations as the best players of all time — a subject about which there can no longer be any reasonable...
    Outlaw country star Billy Joe Shaver dies at 81 Reasons You’re Still Living Paycheck to Paycheck Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gadgets of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/33 SLIDES © Jason Vinlove/USA Today Images Who is the best backup QB in the NFL? Eleven NFL teams entered 2020 with new starting quarterbacks; 19 of...
    Jay Wright and his fellow Big East coaches know it will take a huge effort from everyone to make the college basketball season work this year and actually stage an NCAA Tournament. Only a few weeks into the start of practice, there already have been some bumps due to the coronavirus. Many more are expected. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Big East coaches got on Zoom calls Wednesday for their annual media day and — while still talking about basketball and the return of UConn — outlined a stark reality facing all of college basketball this season: Coronavirus testing, COVID-19 protocols and the lack of confirmed schedules are dominant features of preparing to play. “This year, as we’ve all learned, anything can happen," said Wright, whose Villanova team was the coaches' pick to win the league. "We’ve been shut down and we all learn is, it’s not...
    Don’t overcomplicate the matter. What we know — and what most importantly Justin Turner knew by the end of the 116th World Series — is that he had a highly contagious lethal virus. If he had the regular flu, heck, if he had a common cold and was knowingly out there, that would be wrong. To be out there with COVID-19 and, according to eyewitnesses, defying MLB security’s requests that he leave the post-game on-field celebration defines reckless. MLB and the Players Association had agreed upon guidelines for how to play amid a pandemic and one of the protocols called for immediate isolation of any personnel who tested positive for COVID-19. There were no addendums for “except if you win a title” or “ignore if you are the emotional leader of the team.” The entire bundle that is Major League Baseball — league officials, players, the union, etc. — were...
    Out of the Park Baseball 21, the hardcore management simulation fully licensed by Major League Baseball and its players since 2016, correctly predicted the World Series champion for the third time in four tries, following the Los Angeles Dodgers’ triumph over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. OOTP 21 ran 1,000 simulations of the 16-team postseason bracket — expanded because of the pandemic-shortened regular season — before the playoffs began, and came away with the Dodgers. While OOTP whiffed on predicting their opponents’ American League championship victory, the sim did correctly pick three of the four National League divisional round teams, and the Dodgers-Braves final, with Los Angeles winning. Sports video games routinely get into the prediction business; few try to pick the whole postseason before it begins, though. And none run as many number-crunching sims as OOTP 21; EA Sports’ Madden NFL series has predicted the Super Bowl since 2004,...
    As the Los Angeles Dodgers spent the month of October battling through the postseason en route to their first title in 32 years, San Francisco Giants players were stuck at home. The Giants fell one victory shy of making the playoffs and securing a wild card round matchup with their rivals, but down in Scottsdale, Ariz., several key members of the organization have been working toward creating a brighter future for the franchise. More than 60 Giants prospects have spent the month participating in a fall Instructional League in Arizona where they’ve competed against the best young players from other farm systems. The group is headlined by the prospects who spent the summer in Sacramento at the Giants’ alternate camp such as shortstop Marco Luciano, outfielder Heliot Ramos and outfielder Hunter Bishop, but it’s the 50-plus prospects who didn’t have the luxury of attending organized workouts this summer...
    The 25 best TV couples of all time The Most Outrageous CEO Salaries and Perks Major League Baseball teams with the best chances to end their World Series title droughts The Los Angeles Dodgers ended their 32-year dry spell without a World Series championship Tuesday night -- and the Dodgers' faithful can finally celebrate after winning eight consecutive NL West titles, yet falling short in the Fall Classic in back-to-back seasons (2017 and 2018). Dodgers return to mountaintop with first World Series title in 32 years USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Whats next for Dodgers, Justin Turner after COVID debacle? USA TODAY SoFi Stadium Lit Up In Dodger Light Display To Salute World Series Win CBS Los Angeles Clayton Kershaw talks World Series win: ‘It hasn’t sunk in yet’ TODAY Dodgers Justin...
    A big concern: After we couldnt find students or faculty at college, agency scrambled to crack down Costco is the latest retailer to drop Chaokoh coconut milk over allegations of forced monkey labor, PETA says FC Barcelonas president resigned in the aftermath of the Lionel Messi transfer saga, then immediately confirmed plans for a $6 billion European Super League © Getty/Josep Lago Bartomeu had been Barca's president since 2015. Getty/Josep Lago FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted by a vote of no confidence from the club's members. Bartomeu fell out with the club's star player Lionel Messi, which almost resulted in the Argentine forward leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. His final act as president was to announce that he...
    The Deets is a weekday morning dose of commentary — delivered at 7 a.m. — from sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach that wraps up everything important in the world of sports and looks forward to another crazy day ahead. Like a COVID-positive Justin Turner just walking back onto the field to celebrate with his teammates after the Dodgers’ World Series clincher, I wonder if anyone or anything is going to stop this from happening. [Want my full take on that and everything else that happened in Game 6 Tuesday? Subscribe!] The NBA wants to get back to its regular schedule. I would argue it’s an imperative. There might be some value to a July or August NBA Finals, but the league will not thrive if they have to play their best games in September and October. That’s NFL season. And college football season. And the baseball...
    Bartomeu had been Barca's president since 2015. Getty/Josep Lago FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted by a vote of no confidence from the club's members. Bartomeu fell out with the club's star player Lionel Messi, which almost resulted in the Argentine forward leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. His final act as president was to announce that he had agreed for the club to participate in a proposed "European Super League" alongside a number of the continent's biggest clubs.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the rest of the club's board of directors. The Spaniard's decision to step down comes just weeks before he was expected to be ousted...
    Me at Hashtag United. Barnaby Lane Premier League broadcasters have begun charging an extra $20 per game to watch fixtures outside of the regular television schedule. Instead of paying this weekend, I chose to go and watch Hashtag United, a team in the ninth tier of the English soccer pyramid. The day out turned out to be one of the best I've had in ages, while it also cost just $17 in total, including food and drink.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sky Sports already charge soccer fans a hefty $85 per month to watch it's English Premier League coverage, while BT Sport asks for a still pricey $40. So when the two channels, in conjunction with the division's clubs, announced they were to charge viewers $19.50 per game to watch extra fixtures outside the regular broadcast selections, it's no wonder fans revolted. Since the announcement at...
    (CNN)A last-minute goal from Casemiro completed a stunning comeback from Real Madrid on Tuesday that earned the Spanish giants its first point of the new Champions League campaign. Madrid had been trailing German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 until the 87th minute before the visitors mounted a late surge to avoid humiliation and a fourth consecutive defeat in the competition. Talismanic striker Karim Benzema dragged one back for his side with an acrobatic finish before Brazilian Casemiro fired into the roof of the net in stoppage time to tie the scores 2-2. The two late goals canceled out Marcus Thuram's double for Monchengladbach, which will be devastated not to earn a famous victory against its powerhouse opponents. "We didn't think it was going to be a drama. The team has shown reaction," said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the match. Read More"It is an important point. We know that by playing...
    Getty Rudy Gobert, Boston Celtics trade target? A longshot? To be sure. But in this bizarre NBA offseason, and with this Celtics bunch, there seems to be little harm in at least considering the longshot possibilities that might present themselves to Boston in the coming weeks. This time it is an idea floated by Bleacher Report and writer Grant Hughes, as part of a package of “surprise” trade ideas. And for the Celtics, it would be a steal, assuming they’re willing to bear some serious financial burden. The trade proposal has the Celtics receiving Jazz center Rudy Gobert in a package that is headlined by Gordon Hayward, and includes Daniel Theis and all three Celtics first-rounders in this year’s draft—Nos. 14, 26 and 30. Granted, Hayward still has star capability and the last time he suited up for the Jazz, he was averaging a career-high 21.9 points to...
    New York Yankees outright reserve catcher off the Major League roster and send him to Triple-A By: Andres Chavez October 27, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees are beginning to plan for the 2021 season, and even made a minor roster move on Tuesday. Earlier today, the Bombers outrighted catcher Wynston Sawyer off the Major League roster and onto the roster of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This means that Sawyer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, so he was “outrighted” from the 40-man roster and transferred to the roster of a minor-league affiliate of the Yankees, in this case, Triple-A. Sawyer is no longer part of the 40-man roster. The information was provided by the New York Yankees’ PR Twitter account, @YankeesPR. Sawyer joined the organization in August and was assigned to their alternate training site. The idea was for Sawyer to provide...
    These Yankees’ players will get some much-needed action in the Dominican league By: Andres Chavez October 27, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditA trio of struggling, high-profile New York Yankees‘ players will use the winter leagues to restore some confidence and stay in competition shape with the 2021 campaign in mind. Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com reported that Toros del Este manager Lino Rivera confirmed catcher Gary Sanchez, infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar, and pitcher Domingo German as members of the team that will compete in the Dominican League (LIDOM.) Andujar is expected in the Toros’ training camp on Wednesday, per Rojas. The talented hitter had a rough season with the New York Yankees in 2020, slashing .242/.277/.355 with a .274 wOBA, a 71 wRC+ and only one home run. If everybody is healthy on the Yankees’ roster come 2021, there could be no place for the 2018 Rookie of...
    The Spring League will begin its fall season months after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the season earlier in the year. Starting Tuesday, the developmental football league will see its six teams competing in a 12-game format over the course of four weeks. The teams will play in a bubble in San Antonio and games will air Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox Sports 1. The championship is scheduled for Nov. 23. The six teams are the Alphas, Aviators, Blues, Conquerors, Generals, and Jousters. Alex Faust will call play-by-play for Fox Sports 1 with Jordan Palmer as the game analyst. Fox Sports' lead college football analyst Joel Klatt will join the team in the booth for the league's first game of the season. The Spring League was founded in 2017 and has been a pipeline for players who are still aiming for a shot at the NFL. Since its inception, the league has seen...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Another week, another set of unthinkably bad officiating decisions in the NFL NFL officials are notoriously bad at explaining themselves. Unlike the NBA, which often releases a two-minute report or at least some sort of defense for those who dare to wear the black-and-white stripes on a weekly basis, the NFL leaves just about every call up to interpretation, and expects the head official to explain themselves postgame. It’s similar to MLB, but with more controversial decisions up for debate. In baseball, bad decisions by umpires can be overturned, minus the obvious strike zone. The NFL tried something of this merit last season with the pass interference review system, but officials never went against their original word, making the coaches’ challenge obsolete. The one surefire way to at the very least make things right after the fact is a...
    Amid national outcry over racism, Californians consider bringing back affirmative action The best hole-in-the-wall diner in every state The NFL Take Dump, Week 7: Steelers arent in Chiefs league, Herbert v. Burrow and why Jets fans should have hope It’s finally happening. This big, dumb league is starting to take shape and things are starting to make a bit more sense. © Provided by For The Win At the very least, there seems to be a clear hierarchy forming in each conference. At the top of the AFC, you have the Chiefs with the Steelers and Ravens fighting for the slot right behind them — and those two teams will play next week, providing us with even more answers. Over in the NFC, the Buccaneers have emerged as the clear favorites with the Packers, Seahawks and Saints battling it out for the No. 2 spot. That group might require...
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    It’s been more than seven months since the Warriors played their last game of the 2019-20 season, and after patiently waiting out the NBA postseason that ended just two weeks ago, they should be preparing for a sprint of an offseason. On a call with the league’s board of governors last week, the NBA’s decision-makers discussed the possibility of starting a 72-game, 2020-21 season on Dec. 22, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob confirmed with the Bay Area News Group. Moving that quickly to start next season would force an abbreviated offseason, with free agency and training camp starting shortly after the Nov. 18 draft. Such a decision — which would have to be approved by the National Basketball Players Association — would help the league return to its normal calendar, with a champion being crowned in June and a summer offseason. Starting in December and trimming 10 games...
    The Overwatch League is currently in its off-season, which means that professional teams are shuffling up their rosters. Among these releases and re-signings comes the announcement that Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim is leaving the Shanghai Dragons. Kim is a famous tank player, best known for being the first female pro in the Overwatch League. When she was 17, she was accused of aimbotting due to her stellar performance on the hero Zarya. Geguri gave a live performance of her skills, and was cleared by Blizzard of any charges. She was signed by the Shanghai Dragons in 2018 after playing in the South Korean APEX scene. South Korean feminist groups used Geguri as a symbol for a brief time, but later dropped her name and image from their marketing and social media at Geguri’s request. She was also named as a “Next Generation Leader” by TIME Magazine in 2019. Despite being...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady set the NFL record for the most passing touchdowns Sunday against the Panthers. Brady tossed his 559th touchdown pass, and that’s officially the most in league history. The six-time Super Bowl champion finished the day with four touchdown passes during the win over Carolina. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) With that TD pass to @T_muhneyy10, @TomBrady moves into the top spot for TD passes in league history. ????: #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/W5VxPHpeVP — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020 Tom Brady is 43-years-old, and he’s still out on the field letting it rip and setting records. It’s incredibly impressive. Stop and think about the fact that the guy has won six Super Bowls, and now he holds the record for the most passing touchdowns in league history. Brady doesn’t know what it means to lose.  ...
    JOSE MOURINHO admits he cannot let his flying forwards off the leash until he sorts out his defence. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been in blistering form and Spurs possess a string of attacking players with the potential to wreak havoc on the Premier League. 3Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are unlikely to be joined by Gareth Bale at BurnleyCredit: EPA But with the late collapse in the 3-3 draw against West Ham fresh in his mind, Mourinho says still cannot go all out like he did with his dazzling Real Madrid side which scored 121 goals in one season. The Tottenham boss said: “The team, the way we are playing, I think it’s good fun to be an attacking player in our team. “In Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way. “I have to be honest...
    COVID-19 outbreak at nursing home kills 5, infects 30 What grocery stores looked like when you were growing up Three things we learned from the Premier League Liverpool unveiled their 'fab four' as the Premier League champions moved within touching distance of first place. © PAUL CHILDS Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Manchester United and Chelsea's goalless draw showed the flaws in both teams, while Manchester City are still searching for their peak form. AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the weekend's Premier League action: Liverpool on song with Jota Diogo Jota staked his claim to become part of Liverpool's 'fab four' as the Portugal forward capped their comeback in a 2-1 win against Sheffield United. Jurgen Klopp's side had fallen behind to Sander Berge's penalty at Anfield, but Roberto Firmino equalised before Jota headed the winner to move Liverpool level on points with leaders Everton....
    Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during Game Four of the NBA Finals on October 6, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida.Nathaniel S. Butler | National Basketball Association | Getty Images Mark Tatum couldn't do it. The National Basketball Association's deputy commissioner was asked to describe the league's 2019-20 season in one word and found it too difficult.   Keep in mind, before the pandemic and social unrest plagued the world, the NBA lost two of its icons in former commissioner David Stern and Kobe Bryant. And this time last year, a rift with its international business partner, China, started. The NBA has said that feud could cost $400 million. "I would say it's been a challenging year," Tatum said in an interview with CNBC. "It's been our longest season in NBA history, and so much was thrown at us collectively...
    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena now enters baseball immortality, as he set the postseason home run record on Saturday. Reggie Jackson, move aside: There’s a new Mr. October in town. The Tampa Bay Rays reached their first World Series since 2008, and no player stepped up when it mattered most than young outfielder Randy Arozarena. While the Rays dropped Game 3 on Friday night, Arozarena made history by hitting his eighth home run of the postseason. That was the most home runs hit in one postseason run, joining the likes of Barry Bonds, Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran. But now, Arozarena is in a league of his own. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Arozarena sent a 95.1 mph fastball from Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias to the bullpen in right-center field to cut Tampa Bay’s deficit to 2-1. Now, Arozarena stands alone with the most homers in...
    Madrid (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday. Laurent stopped Atletico in front at the start of the second half, tearing the box from the left side and tying the ball inside the adjacent post from a tight angle. Bedis played well in the first half and dominated the ball. However, Atletico took control of the game after Simeone fell to Lucas Torrera and Thomas Lemaire for Yannick Carrasco and Hector Herrera in the second period, immediately giving the team more momentum and purpose in midfield. Spectators were reduced from 20 men to 10 men when Martin Montoya was sent to drag Carasco. The referee initially booked the defender, but after the VAR review turned it straight into a red card. After Bayern Munich fell 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, Suarez stopped at stoppage time after a well-matched left-back Renan Lodi to...
    ROME (AP) — When Antonio Conte returned to Italy after two seasons coaching Chelsea, it wasn’t just English Premier League and FA Cup trophies he brought home. Conte also collected a wealth of scouting knowledge from England and a big affinity for Romelu Lukaku, whom he brought to Inter Milan in a club-record 80 million euro ($95 million) transfer last year. On Saturday in Serie A, the former Everton and Manchester United striker again came to the Nerazzurri’s rescue in beating Genoa 2-0. “I always thought that Romelu was a diamond in the rough and that’s why I asked for him very loudly,” Conte said. Lukaku broke the deadlock after the hour mark with his seventh goal in six matches across all competitions. Danilo D’Ambrosio headed in another for the visitors. Excluding penalties, Lukaku has more goals — 22 — than any other foreigner in Serie A since...
    The 2020 League of Legends World Championship was supposed to be the biggest and expansive event that Riot had ever put on. It was going to be a true 10th anniversary blowout for the ultimate tournament in the world’s most popular esport. But this is 2020, which means things often don’t go the way we plan them. For Riot, that meant hosting almost the entire Worlds 2020 event in one single location, with no fans in the studio because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So the Riot production crew teamed up with its creative partners at the production company Possible to bring the League of Legends universe to Shanghai for Worlds. In a recent behind-the-scenes video, Riot’s executive producer for Worlds 2020, Nick Troop, and Possible co-founder and creative director Michael Figge reveal how the team pulled off bringing the two worlds together. Figge explain in the video that even though...
    Guessing a Pep Cardiola starting line-up for Manchester City is hard at best, but it will still be a difficult task for West Ham. Cardiola will not be drawn on whether Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte or Kevin de Bruyne will feature, as Laporte and De Bruyne returned to training on Thursday after missing games against Arsenal and Porto. While Cardiola confirmed that Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy will definitely be out for the trip to London Stadium, he admitted that his city team did not decide to face West Ham when they spoke to the media on Friday afternoon. It would be dangerous to turn them over if LaBorte and de Bruyne do not fully match, but they are two of the first names on the teamsheet if found.read moreRelated Articlesread moreRelated ArticlesRead how our writers think City should be deployed today and use the interactive widget below to...
    ANOTHER week and another plot put forward to extract billions from football. Last week’s plan to hand over both the power and the money to six clubs in the Premier League was trumped. 4FA chairman Greg Clarke is too busy to even comment on a potential European Super LeagueCredit: Reuters Even the clubs that put it forward voted against it. This week up pops another weed and I doubt you would need to be a genius to guess who’d like this particular weed to grow? The weed comes in the form of a European Super League and based on a scheme for a fixed number — probably 18 again — of the most prestigious of European clubs to play in a new league of which five clubs will be invited to join from the Premier League. So, one of the six have been dropped. I’d love to know which one....
    (CNN)Saturday's El Clasico will be an El Clasico like no other. Widely viewed as the most watched club game in the world, when Barcelona take on Real Madrid at the Camp Nou this weekend, the match will be played behind closed doors."The game will be strange, as when you play at home in these kinds of games the fans are almost an extra man," Ronald Koeman told the Barcelona website. "We hope that soon we can have our supporters back at the stadium."But this latest installment in the El Clasico series is also unusual in that it could be the last time Lionel Messi features against Real at the Camp Nou.Between 2009 and 2018 the rivalry between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo was the beguiling sub-plot to each El Clasico meeting.However long gone are the days when fans would marvel at the sight of Ronaldo and Messi doing battle at the...
    JAMIE VARDY is the Premier League’s ultimate Big Six Slayer - and the stats prove it. The Leicester strike ace has scored more goals against the top sides than any other player over the past three years. 4Jamie Vardy is the PL's most-lethal finisher against Big Six opponents 4Vardy has scored an average of 0.62 goals per game against Big Six clubsCredit: Reuters Vardy does it at a better rate than any rival, too. In 34 top-flight matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, Vardy has found the net 21 times. That works out at 0.62 goals per game - boosted by his hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Man City last month. And he is even more deadly against the Gunners, with seven goals in his last six clashes with the North Londoners. That bodes well for the Foxes as they prepare to take on...
    A man wanted for the 2016 murder of a teenager at a little league baseball field in Long Island was arrested in Maryland and extradited to New York. Homicide Squad detectives from the Suffolk County police arrested Carlos López-Campos on Monday in Owings Mills with assistance of U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. López-Campos, 26, was charged killing Estiven Abrego Gómez, 18, at Greenlawn Park.  Carlos López-Campos was apprehended Monday in Owings Mills, Maryland, by cops from Suffolk County, U.S. Marshalls and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 26-year-old is accused of murdering 18-year-old Estiven Abrego Gómez in August 2016 Elmer Gilberto Santos Contreras pleaded not guilty in March 2019 in connection with the murder of Estiven Abrego Gomez RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Man, 49, is charged with two murders after beating to death... California prosecutors seek to...
    Absentee or early voting? Here is the best way to vote in 2020, according to experts and activists Burger King developed reusable containers for Whoppers and drinks and will offer them to some customers next year Antonio Browns suspension is almost over, but should the NFL welcome him back in? This is the Morning Win. Nate Scott is filling in for Andy Nesbitt today.  © Provided by For The Win Antonio Brown’s 8-game suspension from the NFL is almost over, and fans and writers around the league have taken to wondering where, exactly, he could fit in. The Seahawks? Somewhere else? After Brown shocked the football world by signing with the New England Patriots last year, we can’t help but wonder: What team will make the headline-grabbing signing this time? This isn’t the same situation, however. The question we should be asking ourselves is not: What team will Antonio...
    Game 1 of Major League Baseball’s “Fall Classic” turned out to be a ratings classic, in that it was classically awful. Viewership for the game came in at 9.2 million. Big numbers if you’re the NBA who didn’t reach that mark  in any of their Finals games. However, for MLB, it was the lowest number of viewers in recorded history. The pathetically small viewing audience resulted in a 25% drop from Game 1 of the 2019 World Series. These numbers are beyond alarming. Even more troublesome when you consider that one of the teams in the series is the Los Angeles Dodgers who come from the country’s second largest television market. The Rays don’t come from a major television market, but they are clearly the best team in the American League and should have at least intrigued fans. Would a Dodgers vs. Astros series have been a sexier matchup for...
    Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in the sixth inning during Game 1 of the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.Kelly Gavin | Major League Baseball | Getty Images The Los Angeles Dodgers' appearance in Major League Baseball's top event couldn't save the league from the impact of a sports viewership decline. Game One of the Dodgers' series against the Tampa Bay Rays attracted 9.1 million viewers, Fox Sports said. The game was the most watched program on Tuesday but also became the least-watched World Series game ever -- or at least since Nielsen began tracking ratings in 1968. The last time viewership dipped below 10 million for a World Series contest came was Game 3 in 2008 when the Rays played the Philadelphia Phillies...
    Atlanta Falcons great Roddy White transitioned from a former All-Pro wide receiver into a dad of five children and a coach of the position he excelled at as a pro at Johns Creek High School in Georgia. White, the 27th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, played college football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and spent all 11 seasons of his professional career in Atlanta. White finished with 808 receptions, 10,863 yards, and 63 touchdowns. And in 2010, he put together the best statistical season of his career and was recognized as a first-team All-Pro wideout. White, who has a partnership with Topgolf, spoke to Fox News on Tuesday about his thoughts on the Falcons, who their next head coach should be, and what it’s like coaching football after playing at such a high level for many years. PLAY SUPER 6 FOR EAGLES, GIANTS THURSDAY NIGHT CLASH...
    Jared Leto brought a very different Joker to the table in 2016's "Suicide Squad." Getty Images, Warner Bros. Jared Leto will reportedly play the Joker again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto will reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in Zack Snyder's "Justice League." A person familiar with the matter tells Insider the report is unconfirmed, however, and based on speculation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Zack Snyder's "Justice League" may be taking an unexpected turn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in the HBO Max release of the film. The magazine says Leto has joined reshoots for Snyder's cut of the 2017 movie that he never completed after being forced out. A person familiar with the matter told Insider, however, Leto's role in the film is not confirmed and the report from THR is...
    Colombo, October 21: Lanka Premier League (LPL) caught Bollywood attention as filmmaker, producer, and actor, Sohail Khan became the owner of the Kandy franchisee in the T20 League slated to begin from November 21. Kandy franchisee, which picked West Indies legend Chris Gayle in the Players Draft on Monday, also have local icon Kusal Perera, Sri Lankan T20 specialists Kusal Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep, and England right-arm fast bowler Liam Plunkett among others. Also Read | Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Betting Odds: Free Bet Odds, Predictions and Favourites in RR vs SRH Dream11 IPL 2020 Match 40. “There is lot of potential in the Lanka Premier League and we are really very happy to be part of this exciting initiative. Sri Lankan fans are very passionate about the game and I am sure they will come out in large numbers to support the team,” Sohail Khan said in...
    Billie Jean King, Candace Parker, Lindsey Vonn, P.K. Subban, James Corden, and Sophia Bush are among NWSL club Angel City FC's latest investors. Andy King/Getty Images/AP Photo/Chuck Burton/REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger Angel City FC — the National Women's Soccer League's expansion franchise in Los Angeles — has added an additional slate of investors to its star-studded roster of owners. Tennis legend Billie Jean King, Los Angeles Sparks superstar Candace Parker, Olympic skiing icon Lindsey Vonn, NHL star P.K. Subban, and host James Corden are among the club's latest backers. They join an already impressive list of investors including Natalie Portman, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, and Serena Williams. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Los Angeles is a city full of stars, and it's newest sports franchise is living up to the name. Angel City FC — the National Women's...
    As the NBA resumed its post-season games after having been temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus, both the league and the players fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement. Most people saw this as revolutionary, however one organization’s agent said the decision was more corruptive than it was helpful, according to Yahoo Sports. A recent survey of 20 agents from around the league was conducted in order to get a better idea of how they thought the sport handled the global pandemic, according to a report from The Athletic. “I think that the players are being manipulated into something that they don’t really understand and I think it’s a horrible look for the league,” the anonymous agent remarked regarding the BLM stances taken by several teams. “They’re not helping the players, they’re hurting the sport,” they added. The NBA allowed athletes to wear uniforms with various social justice sayings...
    The NBA reportedly prevented $1.5 billion in projected television and sponsorship losses thanks to the league's bubble at Disney World, which sheltered as many as 22 teams from the coronavirus pandemic for 100 days at a cost of $180 million. Sports Business Journal reported the findings Wednesday after speaking with sources familiar with league finances. An NBA spokesman declined to confirm the specifics of the SBJ report.  'Without a doubt, it was worth it,' an executive from one of the 22 bubble teams told SBJ. Best of all, the NBA did not record a single new COVID-19 infection inside the bubble. The NBA reportedly prevented $1.5 billion in projected TV and sponsorship losses thanks to the league's bubble at Disney World, which sheltered as many as 22 teams from the coronavirus pandemic for 100 days at a cost of $180 million. The 2019-20 season ended with the Lakers capturing their...
    De Blasios obsession with racial balance in schools has a clear victim: Asian students Amazon Prime members can now get free 1-hour grocery pickup at all 487 Whole Foods stores in the US A teenage Barcelona star had to take a taxi home after becoming one of the youngest scorers in Champions League history, as hes too young to drive © Getty/David Ramos Ansu Fati got a goal and an assist against Ferencvaros. Getty/David Ramos Youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri stole the show as FC Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros in the Champions League on Tuesday. Fati, 17, scored one and set up another, while Pedri, also 17, scored the first goal of his Barca career with a fine low strike. "This was a good victory, it is important to start well and carry this momentum on," Man of the Match Fati said after the...
    Ansu Fati got a goal and an assist against Ferencvaros. Getty/David Ramos Youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri stole the show as FC Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros in the Champions League on Tuesday. Fati, 17, scored one and set up another, while Pedri, also 17, scored the first goal of his Barca career with a fine low strike. "This was a good victory, it is important to start well and carry this momentum on," Man of the Match Fati said after the game, according to Football Espana. Pedri added: "When I go to bed I will think that I have fulfilled a dream." After the game, Pedri was seen leaving the Camp Nou in a taxi, as he is too young to drive in Spain. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri stole the show as FC Barcelona eased to...
    See the Stars of Mystic Pizza, Then & Now Called out for voter intimidation, Florida officer faces discipline for wearing Trump 2020 mask at polling place A forgotten 22-year-old who hasnt played in nearly a year was the unlikely star as Manchester United produced a shock Champions League win over PSG © Getty/Franck Fife Tuanzebe was excellent against PSG on Tuesday night. Getty/Franck Fife Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United's unlikely hero as the Red Devils produced a shock win over Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.  The 22-year-old, who hasn't played in almost a year, marshaled United's three-man central defence with aplomb, denying Kylian Mbappe and Neymar a sniff at goal. "It's an unbelievable performance by him," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after.  United legend Rio Ferdinand also hailed Tuanzebe's performance, saying: "He's snuffed out two of the best strikers in the world." Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Tuanzebe was excellent against PSG on Tuesday night. Getty/Franck Fife Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United's unlikely hero as the Red Devils produced a shock win over Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.  The 22-year-old, who hasn't played in almost a year, marshaled United's three-man central defence with aplomb, denying Kylian Mbappe and Neymar a sniff at goal. "It's an unbelievable performance by him," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after.  United legend Rio Ferdinand also hailed Tuanzebe's performance, saying: "He's snuffed out two of the best strikers in the world." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Marcus Rashford may have scored Manchester United's last-gasp winner against Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday, but was another of the club's academy graduates who was the real hero on the night.  Defender Axel Tuanzebe hadn't played for United since December 2019, but was called up for the Champions League clash amid...
    (CNN)Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons after netting in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Tuesday. The Argentine struck a first-half penalty for the Catalan club at the Camp Nou for what was his 116th career goal in the tournament. Only Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has scored in 16 Champions League seasons but the Welshman's run was not in consecutive years. Messi's latest record-breaking achievement comes after new manager Ronald Koeman said his performances "could be better" this season. The club captain certainly responded in style. The 33-year-old smartly dispatched his spot kick after being fouled at the end of a trademark run and looked a potent threat throughout the night.Read MoreREAD: Can Bayern Munich become just second team to retain the Champions League?Ansu Fati celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring a goal against Ferencvarosi.Youngsters impressBarcelona fans were...
    TROY DEENEY is joining The Sun as our new hard-hitting columnist. The Watford striker will give our readers the latest insight inside the world of football – as well his opinions outside of it. 1Troy Deeney has joined The Sun as a columnist as well as a broadcaster with talkSPORTCredit: The Sun The 32-year-old is also linking up with talkSPORT to become a regular across the station, alongside appearing on their podcasts. He will be with Laura Woods and Ally McCoist every Monday and will feature as a live football pundit across the season. The veteran forward will be introduced to Sun readers this week and his new forthrightly column will give a fresh perspective on the game. Deeney said: “I can't wait to get going on The Sun and talkSPORT. The Sun is a massive paper and I understand the responsibilities that go with that. “talkSPORT is the number...
    If the executives at ESPN thought that having the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football would help their viewership, they were very mistaken. Monday night’s matchup between the Cardinals and the Cowboys earned 11.32 million viewers. While that figure represents a slight uptick from last week’s edition of MNF, it also represents a 15% decline from last year. A game featuring the Dallas Cowboys – even a bad Cowboys team without their starting quarterback – normally means throngs of viewers will flock to their televisions. That clearly did not take place on Monday night. More troubling, is that the low viewership marks the third week in a row of negative numbers since the blockbuster viewership ESPN earned three weeks ago when Kansas City took on Baltimore. Even more concerning is that not only do the Cowboys no longer equal massive numbers of viewers, but the numbers are still low despite...
    (CNN)Paris Saint-Germain was left experiencing some unwanted Champions League deja vu, as Marcus Rashford struck a late winner to give Manchester United all three points in the opening match of the group stages Tuesday.Anthony Martial's own goal in the second half had canceled out Bruno Fernandes' early penalty but Rashford, as he did in the round of 16 at this stadium 19 months ago, had the last say with a brilliant strike in the closing minutes.Defeat for PSG was the first time it had lost at home in the Champions League group stages since a loss to CSKA Moscow in December 2004, ending a remarkable 24-match unbeaten run.While the coronavirus pandemic means United fans may not have been able to experience another magical Parisian night in the same way, it will certainly go a long way to lifting the mood at a club that has endured a difficult start to...
    The Pacers conducted a thorough coaching search to replace Nate McMillan, leading to plenty of speculation about which candidate would land the job. First, the favorite appeared to be former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni. Then, Pelicans assistant Chris Finch emerged as the frontrunner. But Indiana didn’t go chalk with its choice. The Pacers are hiring Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren to be their next head coach. OFFICIAL: We have hired Nate Bjorkgren as our new head coach. Bjorkgren most recently served as an assistant on the Toronto Raptors, who won the NBA Championship during the 2018-19 season. Welcome to Indiana, Coach Bjorkgren! More info >> https://t.co/Ol4LiOzMcM pic.twitter.com/LnNF4wy79P — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 20, 2020 MORE: Why Tyronn Lue is the right coach for the Clippers Even for diehard NBA fans, Bjorkgren is probably not a familiar name. The 45-year-old has a great deal of coaching experience at multiple levels, but this will...
    Songs we’d love to hear Beyoncé cover 15 Tricks That Will Help You Save Even More at Trader Joe’s Stephen A. Smith gleefully celebrated the Cowboys loss with an amazing dance No one enjoys watching the Cowboys struggle more than ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who once described the entire Dallas fanbase as “disgusting,” and Smith has had plenty to celebrate in recent seasons. © Provided by For The Win On Monday night, the Cardinals torched the Cowboys’ defense in a 38-10 rout, dropping Dallas to 2-4 on the season. Dallas is allowing a disastrous 36.3 points per game defensively, and the offense looked awful in backup Andy Dalton’s first game. Incredibly, the Cowboys are still first in the NFC East and will have a decent chance to make the playoffs, but it’s clear that Dallas isn’t close to being a legitimate contender in the conference. With the Cowboys down...
    Coronavirus outbreak linked to Maine church that held a fellowship rally How to Practically and Specifically Help Restaurants This Election Year The NFLs passing yardage leader after six weeks? Still Dak Prescott The NFL’s leader in passing yards didn’t even play in Week 6. Though he’s played in just five games, injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott still leads the NFL in passing yards after Week 6. It’s a close race, but with 1,856 yards, Prescott still leads the league in passing yards. He won’t hold onto that position for long. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sits at 1,843 passing yards. Ryan could take over as the league leader after his next completion. Prescott obviously wasn’t going to finish the year as the league leader. He’s out for the season after dislocating and fracturing his ankle in a Week 5 game against the New York Giants. Prescott had...
    PSG and Real Madrid are among those likely to make up the league. Getty/Visionhaus A number of Europe's biggest soccer teams are in talks to form a European Premier League that would reshape the landscape of elite soccer. Sky News reports the round-robin tournament, which would usurp the Champions League, will consist of 16 or 18 teams including Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Liverpool. Wall Street bank JP Morgan is in talks to provide to $6 million lump-sum to kick start the project. A Sky source called the developments the "most important in world club football for decades." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A number of Europe's biggest soccer teams are reportedly in talks to form a European Premier League that would reshape the landscape of elite soccer. Sky News reports that financiers are assembling a $6 billion funding package to help create the league, which would comprise...
    The Champions League returns Tuesday less than two months after Bayern Munich won the title. How are the teams ranked entering the group stage? The world’s greatest club competition returns to action starting Tuesday as defending champions Bayern Munich look to lift the trophy again. 1. Bayern MunichThe Bavarian giants could very well repeat after coach Hansi Flick’s team returned from the coronavirus pause in great form. Bayern captured the title after embarking on a record-breaking 23-game winning streak, which only ended last month with a defeat to Hoffenheim. One could argue that Bayern is even stronger this season and that striker Robert Lewandowski remains unstoppable. Only time will tell. Next: Liverpool screwed by controversial VAR call  
    The Tennessee Titans will reportedly not face any major punishments for allegedly violating the NFL’s coronavirus policies. According to Adam Schefter, the league’s investigation into the team has concluded, and “Individuals will not be disciplined, there is no discussion of forfeiture of draft picks. Titans’ organization will face a potential fine. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Individuals will not be disciplined, there is no discussion of forfeiture of draft picks. Titans’ organization will face a potential fine. https://t.co/DHGTXexjPj — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2020 The Titans dealt with a massive coronavirus outbreak earlier in the season, and it caused major problems for the NFL as games had to be delayed and shuffled around. Then, it was reported that players on the Titans held group workouts after being specifically told not, which is a direction violation of the league’s coronavirus protocols. #Titans...
    A woman posted video of herself feeding a black bear. Now she could face up to 6 months in jail More Than 70% of Shoppers Have This Food Fear About Coronavirus Back in the bubble, Chinese Super League into playoff stages When Odil Ahmedov left Shanghai SIPG to join fellow Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda in August, the midfielder didn’t have to travel anywhere to meet his new coach and colleagues. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Krasnodar's Odil Ahmedov, front, fights for the ball with Everton's Christian Atsu during the Europa League Group H soccer match between Krasnodar and Everton in Krasnodar, Russia. In a bid to complete the 2020 season in the midst of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Football Association decided to split the 16 top-tier CSL teams into two groups based in the...
            by Jed Babbin  Last week’s New York Post stories revealed a web of corruption that began with Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and ended by implicating the presidential candidate in regard to Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company, and CEFC, a Chinese energy company. The Post’s revelations about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, were derived from emails found on a laptop abandoned in 2019 at a computer repair shop owned by one John Paul “Mac” Isaac. The computer was seized by the FBI but only after Isaac had copied the hard drive. Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani apparently obtained a copy from Isaac and shared its information with the Post. An email from Hunter Biden reported by the Post said that one of the proposed deals with CEFC would be “interesting to me and my family.” Neither Hunter Biden nor his father have disputed the authenticity of the emails. A...
    The Tampa Bay Rays will only have their second crack at a World Series title when they play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 on Tuesday. The Rays came into existence as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998 – along with fellow expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. While the Diamondbacks had quick success, winning the World Series in 2001, the Rays needed 10 years to win the American League pennant. Tampa Bay fell to the Philadelphia Phillies losing four of the five games played in 2008. The Rays may have an even bigger task in defeating the Dodgers in this year's World Series. The Rays are among the six MLB teams who have never won the World Series. The other five teams are: 2020 WORLD SERIES: DODGERS, RAYS WILL BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ** San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. tosses his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the...
    (CNN)Only one team in Champions League history has previously won back-to-back titles.Real Madrid's all-conquering team, led by Zinedine Zidane, won club football's biggest prize for an unprecedented three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018 -- now Bayern Munich has a realistic chance of doing the same.Few could argue that the perennial German champion was not the best team in Europe last season and a deserving Champions League winner. Hansi Flick's side returned from the coronavirus-enforced break in unstoppable form, winning every remaining game of the season. The most eye-catching victory in the record-breaking 23-game winning streak -- which began against Cologne back in February and ended with defeat to Hoffenheim at the end of September -- was the 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.It's also been estimated that Bayern could earn over $150 million for winning last season's tournament.Read MorePerhaps most concerningly for Bayern's European rivals is...
    10 states had highest daily virus case counts last week More Than 70% of Shoppers Have This Food Fear About Coronavirus The first NBA champion from each country More than ever, the NBA has become an international game over the past couple of decades. © Provided by SMG Pau Gasol Superstar players like Dirk Nowitzki, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic are sprouting up from all over the world and dominating the formerly American-driven league at levels previously unforeseen. As such, the league has seen NBA champions from countries all over the world, from Greece to the Republic of Congo to Germany to Great Britain to Brazil and Argentina – and so many more. Below, you can check out the first NBA champion from each country in this gallery we put together. MORE:Auto Draft
    SO Tottenham still can’t defend, Manchester United can’t defend — and Manchester City haven’t been able to defend consistently well since Vincent Kompany left. Chelsea can’t defend to such an extent that the second of the three goals they shipped against Southampton made them look like a contemporary dance troupe performing a dramatic parody of really bad defending. 5Manuel lanzini crashed home a spectacular equaliser to secure a point away at SpursCredit: EPA And Liverpool, who had suddenly lost the ability to defend this season, have now lost the best defender in the world for several months at best. That extraordinary 7-2 hammering at Aston Villa had already indicated that this would not be another procession for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Yet they were still firm favourites to retain their crown until confirmation that Virgil van Dijk requires knee ligament surgery, and could miss the rest of the campaign, after Jordan...
    The story behind How I Met Your Mothers most — wait for it! — legendary line Best and Worst States for America’s Middle Class Meet Dayfri, the baseball player turned NBA 2K League superstar Ryan Conger, also known as Dayfri, is a former college baseball player from Texas who now makes his living as a professional NBA 2K player. Despite originally going against the wishes of his family, the power forward was a second-round pick by his hometown Mavs Gaming in the inaugural NBA 2K League Draft back in 2018. Conger, once perceived as a toxic teammate, was traded to Wizards District Gaming in 2019. He has gone in to change his reputation, also becoming the first big man to win NBA 2K League Finals MVP in August 2020. Please note that this transcription is minorly edited for brevity and clarity. How long are you around today, just so...
    Will Dak be back? Dallas is backing Dak Prescott as its future, and it certainly makes sense, considering his production and the effect he’s had on the team since taking over as starter in 2015. Prescott’s unfortunate injury ended his 2020 season and maybe even Dallas’ quest for a championship ring. But… what if Prescott didn’t come back to the Cowboys? What if Dallas decided to move on from Prescott? What if another team made Prescott an offer he simply could not refuse? Dallas has plenty of options for quarterback in 2021, and it starts with Prescott — but it might not end with him. IYER: Dak Prescott’s injury gives Cowboys even more reason to work out contract Plan A: Re-sign Dak Prescott Stephen Jones made it pretty clear just days after Prescott’s injury: it doesn’t sound like Prescott is going anywhere. And why would he? It seems like re-signing Prescott is...
    The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays have been through one of the strangest seasons in Major League Baseball history and both have a chance at a World Series title. The Dodgers will be looking for their seventh World Series title after beating the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series. Los Angeles is in its third World Series in the last four years, but has not won the title since 1988. Corey Seager was named NLCS MVP for his display of postseason dominance. WORLD SERIES HISTORY: DODGERS ARE LOOKING FOR TITLE NO. 7, WHILE THE RAYS HOPE FOR THEIR FIRST Los Angeles also had to beat the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres to get to this point. The Rays are looking for their first World Series title in franchise history after beating the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. Tampa Bay was in...